Written: Written on December 17, 1919
Published: First published on November 24, 1963, in Pravda No. 328. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 317b.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Send me tomorrow one copy each of the instructions and
rules, forms of accounting, and other such publications
of the Commissariat for Railways,
of its Political Department,
of its Operational,
departments (or boards),
scheme of organisation (if there is such a thing) of the Commissariat for Railways.
 This note was apparently written in connection with the discussion at a meeting of the Council of Defence on December 17, 1919, of a report by L. B. Krasin: “On Drawing Up Forms of Accounting Enabling the Work of the Railways To Be Kept Under Review.” = The final decision on this question was put off until the next meeting; the Council of Defence instructed Y. V. Lomonosov, member of the Board of the Commissariat for Railways, to submit a report on the forms of accounting giving statistical data (“such forms”, the decision stipulated, “must be briefer than those presented by Comrade Krasin”). On December 24, the Council of Defence endorsed the programme of measures set forth by Lomonosov, and instructed the People’s Commissariat for Railways “to present it tomorrow to Comrade Lenin for signature in the form of a series of decrees” (Collected Works, Fifth Ed., Vol. 51, p. 396).
The document bears a note in an unknown hand: “Executed 19.XII.”